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Here is another sampling of our Holiday Picks - over 100 hand-selected titles that make great gifts. All of these titles are 20% off through the month of December.

2015 Holiday Picks are in! Don't forget we also offer a great selection of holiday cards, calendars, tree ornaments, art supplies, games, and toys. Gift-wrapping is always free of charge.

We are happy to help you find gifts for the more challenging folks on your list. We can special-order titles, which usually arrive within a day or two.

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Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life
by William Finnegan

A memoir of an obsession by an acclaimed New Yorker writer. William Finnegan shows that surfing is not just a sport, but a beautiful addiction, a demanding course of study, a morally dangerous pastime, a way of life. Raised in California and Hawaii, Finnegan started surfing as a child, and has chased waves all over the globe.

The Bassoon King: My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy The Bassoon King: My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy
by Rainn Wilson

The actor best known for his portrayal of Dwight Schrute on "The Office," and founder of the inspirational website and media company SoulPancake, traces his experiences as a young misfit, his early career struggles, and his post-success reconnection with the artistic and creative values of his Baha'i faith.

City On Fire City On Fire
by Garth Risk Hallberg

Respected book critic Garth Risk Hallberg's debut novel is an epic panorama of musicians, writers, and powerful businessmen, and the surprising ways they connect. Set in New York, with the infamous blackout of July 13th, 1977, fast approaching, a shooting in Central Park disrupts the lives of rich but disaffected Regan and William Hamilton-Sweeney; Keith and Mercer, the men who love them; punk-obsessed suburban teens Charlie and Samantha, and many more.

The Crossing The Crossing
by Michael Connelly

In this New York Times bestselling author's latest thriller, retired LAPD Detective Harry Bosch crosses the line to team up with his half-brother, defense attorney Mickey Haller,, who needs his help. A woman has been brutally murdered in her bed, and all evidence points to Haller's client, a former gang member turned family man. Bosch reluctantly starts digging, and soon his investigation leads him inside the police department, where he realizes that the killer he's been tracking has also been tracking him.

"Thrilling, fast-paced, and impossible to put down...(Connelly is) a master of building suspense." - Wall Street Journal

Fates and Furies Fates and Furies
by Lauren Groff

From the author of the psychologically acute, award-winning bestsellers Arcadia and The Monsters of Templeton, comes a story with two sides, a relationship with two perspectives. Sometimes, it turns out, the key to a great marriage is not its truths but its secrets.

At 22, Lotto and Mathilde are tall, glamorous, madly in love, and destined for greatness. A decade later, their marriage is still the envy of their friends, but things are even more complicated and remarkable than they have seemed.

The Girl
in the Spider's Web The Girl in the Spider's Web
by David Lagercrantz

Lisbeth Salander is the girl with the dragon tattoo, a genius hacker and uncompromising misfit. Mikael Blomkvist is a crusading journalist whose championing of the truth often brings him to the brink of prosecution. When Blomkvist receives a phone call from someone claiming to have information vital to the United States - who has been in contact with a young female superhacker resembling someone Blomkvist knows all too well - he turns to Salander for help. She of course has her own agenda. The secret they are both chasing is at the center of a tangled web of spies, cybercriminals, and governments around the world, and someone is prepared to kill to protect it.

Jade Dragon Mountain Jade Dragon Mountain
by Elsa Hart

In Elsa Hart's stunning debut, an exiled librarian traveling through the 18th-century Chinese/Tibetan borderlands must learn the truth about a Jesuit priest's death before the Emperor arrives.

"Part mystery, part exploration of a culture fading into history's shadows, Hart's novel is a fascinating, intelligent debut." - Kirkus Reviews

A Little Life A Little Life
by Hanya Yanagihara

Hanya Yanagihara, author of The People in the Trees, has written an astonishing, challenging, upsetting, and profoundly moving American tragedy. Four college friends move to New York City to begin their careers. Over the course of three decades, we witness their highs and lows, as their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. A Little Life is a National Book Award Finalist, and has been short-listed for the Man Booker Prize.

M Train M Train
by Patti Smith

The National Book Award winning author of Just Kids has written an unforgettable odyssey, told through the prism of the cafes and haunts Patti Smith has worked in around the world. It begins in a tiny Greenwich Village cafe, where she goes for black coffee every morning, ruminates on the world, and writes in her notebook. Through prose that shifts fluidly between dreams and reality, past and present, she takes us to Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul in Mexico; a meeting of an Arctic explorer's society in Berlin; a ramshackle seaside bungalow in Far Rockaway before Hurricane Sandy hits, and to the graves of Genet, Plath, Rimbaud, and Mishima. Illustrated with her signature Polaroids.

The Three-Year Swim Club The Three-Year Swim Club
by Julie Checkoway

In this captivating book, author and documentary filmmaker Julie Checkoway tells the inspirational story of impoverished children who transformed themselves into world-class swimmers. In 1937, a teacher on the island of Maui challenged a group of sugar plantation kids to swim upstream against the current of their circumstance. Led by an ordinary man whose swimming ability did not extend beyond treading water, the Japanese-American children went from swimming in filthy irrigation ditches to becoming Olympians.

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